From EPSA - European Public Sector Award


The GeoPortal.rlp is an information and communication platform, which has the purpose of combining all the geodata of the Rhineland-Palatinate into a single portal. It plays a very important role in the e-Government policy of this State of the Federal Republic of Germany. To accomplish this mission, the GeoPortal.rlp is administered by the Competence and Business Centre of Geodata Infrastructure Rhineland-Pfalz, which is located at the Federal State Office for Surveying and Geo Information in Koblenz.

The aim of the GeoPortal.rlp is to harmonise the geodata of Rhineland- Palatinate so that it can be included easily in a large geodata infrastructure at different territorial levels such as regional, national and international. At regional level, citizens have the opportunity to access the diverse information of public administrations. At national level, the use of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards makes the data of the GeoPortal.rlp interoperable, which means it is available anywhere in the country by solutions using the same standards. In the same way it is also available at international level and is compatible with INSPIRE.

INSPIRE is the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community. It is a directive created to solve the lack of harmonisation between datasets at different geographical levels and duplication of information collection. Following the INSPIRE directive, the GeoPortal. rlp has to face some technical challenges, such as dealing with many projection systems in Europe to display spatial information.

The technical implementation is based on an e-Government approach which aims to combine existing citizen consultation systems in order to produce new information. In this way the data on GeoPortal.rlp comes from different public administrations and is not saved in the portal. The geospatial data is maintained by these public administrations. Using innovative technology and open standards, the GeoPortal.rlp enables the online publication of this data as WMS (Web Map Service) or WFS (Web Feature Service) in a distributed system. The GeoPortal.rlp also has an internal metadata catalogue with a special data model for INSPIRE.

Citizens are allowed to use the GeoPortal.rlp without a fee or registration. However, it is possible to register on the portal and access more specific services such as saving personalised WMC (Web Map Content) files. In future, the user will be able to search for published and categorised WMC documents.

GeoPortal.rlp is greatly appreciated by its users. It was voted ‘’Website of the month’’ in June 2008 for the Mapbender project. The interest demonstrated by other public administrations to implement solutions using the same technology attests to the transferability of the system.

Award info
Award category: citizen involvement
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Information society, technology, media and audiovisual
Type of activity: e-government
Keywords: Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), geographic information, e-Government, open standards
Short English description: It plays a very important role in the e-Government policy of this State of the Federal Republic of Germany
Further information
Organisation: Competence and Business Centre GDI-RP (KGSt. GDI-RP)
Other applicants:
Level of government: regional level
Size of organisation: 1-25
Number of people involved:
Country: Germany
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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GeoPortal.rlp (50.35912° N, 7.56795° E)
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